Samsung Electronics introduces Galaxy S8 series smartphones

Samsung Electronics has introduced the Galaxy S8 series smartphones, even as it waits to take a decision on whether or not to sell the refurbished versions of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones pulled from markets due to fire-prone batteries.

According to the company, the new smartphones push the boundaries of traditional smartphones with “its seamless hardware design and a variety of new service offerings.”

It said that the features of its Galaxy S8 series included an infinity display for immersive viewing experiences, adding that “the Galaxy S8 and S8+ bring a new level of functionality and convenience, opening up a galaxy of possibilities.”

The President, Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics, DJ Koh, said, “The Samsung Galaxy S8 ushers in a new era of smartphone design and fantastic new services, opening up new ways to experience the world.

“The Galaxy S8 is our testament to regaining your trust by redefining what’s possible in safety and marks a new milestone in Samsung’s smartphone legacy.”

He said that the Galaxy S8 series built on Samsung’s heritage of creating designs and functional devices.

“Available in 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+, the infinity display and bezel-less design form a smooth, continuous surface with no buttons or harsh angles. The result is a truly immersive viewing experience without distractions and makes multi-tasking more convenient.

“The compact design of the S8 series enables comfortable one-handed operation and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and back for durability and a high-quality finish.”

He added, “In addition to the new design innovations, Samsung continues to deliver cutting-edge technology including an advanced camera, enhanced performance and more of the devices that users love.

“The devices are equipped with an advanced 8MP F1.7 Smart autofocus front camera and 12MP F1.7 Dual Pixel rear camera for the best low-light, zoom and anti-blur photos with enhanced image processing.”

Meanwhile, a person familiar with the Samsung Note 7 matter said that the company was considering the possibility of selling refurbished versions of the device or reusing some parts from the recalled phones.

“Regarding the Galaxy Note 7 devices as refurbished phones or rental phones, applicability is dependent upon consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers as well as due consideration of local demand,” Samsung said in a statement, adding the firm would pick the markets and release dates for refurbished Note 7s accordingly.

The company also said it planned to recover and use or sell reusable components such as chips and camera modules and extract rare metals such as copper, gold, nickel and silver from Note 7 devices it opted not to sell as refurbished products.

The firm has been under pressure from environmental rights group, Greenpeace, and others come up with environmentally friendly ways to deal with the recovered Note 7s.

Greenpeace said in a separate statement that it welcomed the Samsung’s decision and the firm should carry out its plans in a verifiable manner.

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